How We Pack School Lunches
Sorry for being MIA the last two days. We did a lot of work on the house this weekend so Monday’s recipe post just didn’t happen. Plus, my taste tester was out of commission and not feeling well!
Today is “How We” Wednesday with Erika and Shay. We discuss topics throughout the year on how we tackle or approach certain areas of our life. With the dawn of a new school year approaching, today is about packing school lunches.
Now, let me start off with a disclaimer. This topic in general was likely aimed at mothers with children for them to share how they pack their lunches for school. However, I work for a school district therefore I pack my own school breakfasts and lunches. At least most of the time.
I tend to do things backwards. Breakfast is pretty routine for me and I eat when I get to work and start checking emails. I pack a small container of Cheerios, either a smoothie or piece of fruit, and/or something like a Larabar. Since I like to eat small meals throughout the day and don’t like to feel super stuffed, I’ll eat a little something every hour or hour and a half. The lounge at work has coffee and sonic-ice so I’ll bring a reusable water bottle or keep a coffee cup in my desk.
After thinking about the format for describing my lunches, I thought I would divide by levels of procrastination. Because lunch meal planning just doesn’t happen sometimes. Given the nature of my job, lunch can either be at 11:30 or at 2:00. Or it’s a bite at 11:00 and two bites at 12:30 pm. I just never know.
Level 1: Minimal Procrastination = Legit Lunch
Good examples of this type of lunch may include pasta or noodles with pesto and veggies. I may also have some kind of taco salad or soup. Generally, if I have dinner leftovers, I’ll try to portion out my lunch for the next day. I’ve been enjoying these veggie noodles with Trader Joe’s vegan pesto and vegetable patties.
Level 2: Moderate Procrastination = Typical Lunch
Honestly, I’m usually at a level 2. Let me take this opportunity to talk to you about “Mexican Mash.” Mexican Mash received its name from a former coworker of mine who is also one of the greatest human beings on the planet. Mexican Mash is pretty much any type of Mexican food thrown together and can be easily enjoyed with chips. For example, you might have a leftover enchilada, beans, and rice. Throw it all together and top with salsa and chips. My version of Mexican Mash usually consists of cooked rice, black beans or canned refried beans, salsa or veggies, and spices. What I like best about Mexican Mash is that it’s super filling plus cheap and economical.
I have also been enjoying these vegan power bowls for lunch. I can eat it by itself or with chips, over salad, or with tortillas.
Level 3: Extreme Procrastination = Pantry Raid
I stumble upon this level maybe once or twice a week, usually if I have been out of town over the weekend and haven’t made it to the grocery store. My lunch will consist of multiple “snack items” or I’ll visit Chipotle or Jason’s Deli across the street from work. Multiple snack items may include hummus and pretzels, salsa and chips, apple and peanut butter, trail mix, more Cheerios, etc.
Well, it’s probably not exactly what you expected. It’s nothing fancy. But it’s lunch!!
Mexican Mash Forever,